Cher and Meryl Streep in 2003.
By Evan Agostini/.
Meryl Streep surprised the Committee to Protect Journalists at the organization’s annual awards Wednesday, where the Oscar winner also had a few unexpected things to say, per People. She revealed in her speech two instances of physical violence in her life—and Cher was there for one of them.
“In one instance, I played dead and waited until the blows stopped—watching like people say you do from about 50 feet above from where I was beaten,” she said of the memory. “And in the second instance, someone else was being abused and I just went completely nuts and went after this man. Ask Cher—[Streep’s Silkwood and upcoming Mamma Mia 2 co-star] she was there. And the thug ran away; it was a miracle.”
Streep also noted that women have a certain acute ability to sense danger and fight back. They “know something particular about coming to the danger place,” she said.
“We come to it disadvantaged through the many millennia preceding our
present moment and because of our vulnerability we anticipate danger
we expect it, we’re hyper alert to it. This comes in very handy in
investigative journalism but also in acting.”
Streep, who will be playing Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham in the upcoming film The Post, doesn’t need an audience of journalists, though, to speak her mind. At the 2017 Golden Globes, Streep spoke out against President Trump’s public bullying and the overall abusive attitude of people with power.
“Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence,” she said. “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
A representative for Cher said she was unavailable for comment. Vanity Fair has also reached out to a representative for Streep.
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